When you’re trying out CBD for the first time, it’s completely normal to feel a bit nervous.
Though you’ve heard about all the amazing benefits of CBD, you’ve probably also heard that the compound itself is present in both marijuana and hemp. So what’s the difference, and how does CBD oil really make you feel?
This is one of the most common questions we get regarding CBD. We’ll cover it all in this comprehensive article; but first, here’s the short answer:
Unlike THC (the main ingredient in marijuana), CBD will not make you feel intoxicated. Instead, some research has found that CBD may reduce symptoms of anxiety, which means it’s likely to help you feel more relaxed.
If you take a low dose of CBD (which is somewhere around 10-25 milligrams), the effects you feel will be very subtle. It’s entirely common to feel relaxed, as if you just got a massage. At this dose, you’ll have a completely normal day without feeling impaired.
Of course, CBD isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. No two people will react in the same way, so that’s why we generally recommend starting out with a small dose and working your way up until you achieve the desired effects.
It’s also important to note that the effects of CBD tend to compound over time. The best way to take CBD is by dosing every day; as this will rebalance your endocannabinoid system and return it to homeostasis.
In general, CBD doesn’t really have a distinguished “feeling.” Instead, it’s more about reducing symptoms and promoting overall health. This is why we like to say that instead of making you “high,” CBD will make you “medium.”
To be clear: CBD is not a “cure” for any disease or health difficulty. However, the evidence can no longer be ignored: this powerful little ingredient has some amazing effects, and it just might improve your quality of life.
If you’d like to learn more about CBD, keep reading. We’ll explore the benefits and symptoms of CBD oil, and we’ll also show you how to make an informed decision on what dose to take.
Can CBD Make You Feel Better?
Maybe! Depending on what you are experiencing, CBD could have the potential to improve your quality of life.
In 2017, HelloMD conducted a large CBD usage study with Brightfield Group. In the study (which you can read here), researchers surveyed 2,400 HelloMD users about their CBD use.
About 80% of those surveyed said that they found CBD to be very or extremely effective. Approximately 52% of this group indicated that CBD works better than their prescription.
Though some of these people might be feeling a “placebo” effect, it’s pretty hard to brush off those numbers altogether. So why does CBD work so well?
If you have an imbalance in your endocannabinoid system, you could potentially have issues.
When CBD enters the bloodstream, it taps into the endocannabinoid system and enhances its performance. It’s thought that, over time, CBD restores balance within the endocannabinoid system and returns it to homeostasis.
If you have a serious health concern, we don’t recommend self-medicating with CBD without a doctor’s supervision. Supplements like CBD should always be taken under direction and supervision from a licensed doctor.
Though if you’re looking for general wellness, or if your doctor gives you the OK, CBD could be a great option to improve your well-being.
Can CBD Make You Feel Bad?
Time for the bad news. Yes – if you don’t do the proper research and dose responsibly, you could run into some nasty side effects of CBD.
Here are some common side effects of CBD:
- Dry mouth
These side effects aren’t debilitating, but they might cause some discomfort.
The list of side effects gets longer when you start to take CBD in higher concentrations:
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Increased liver enzymes (a characteristic of liver inflammation)
CBD can also cause a dangerous interaction with prescribed medications. This is probably the biggest danger when taking CBD, as it could allow more of some drugs to enter your blood.
Potential Hazards from Low-Quality CBD
During clinical trials, patients were given a reliable dose of CBD that’s been approved by the FDA.
Unfortunately, the CBD that’s available to consumers is not currently regulated. If you purchase CBD from a dishonest, untrustworthy source, you could potentially experience dangerous side effects.
Low-quality CBD products that are improperly labeled could contain:
- Synthetic cannabinoids (which can be addictive and deadly)
- Pesticides, fertilizers, and heavy metals
- Contaminants like mold or bacteria
- Illegal levels of THC
The side effects of these dishonest CBD products are by far the most dangerous. If they don’t have short-term side effects, these products could cause long-term damage that you won’t immediately feel.
How to Avoid These Side Effects
All of these side effects are easy to avoid by taking proper precautions before you start dosing.
To ensure you’re getting real CBD, always look for a third-party lab test. You should also consider buying only USDA-certified organic CBD to ensure you’re not getting any harmful pesticides or fertilizers in your product, and that the product is grown and produced in the most natural and ethical manner possible.
These side effects of true CBD will come as a result of taking too much, too quickly. That’s why you should start at a low dose.
We usually recommend one dropper full of our organic CBD oil. This amounts to 25 milligrams of CBD, which is a pretty good starting point.
If you experience these side effects, simply lower your dose until you feel comfortable. You could also try keeping with the same dose for a week—symptoms usually subside after your body gets used to the CBD.
If you are thinking about using CBD to treat an existing health condition, you should consult with your doctor before trying CBD.
If you take prescription drugs, do proper research to avoid any harmful interactions. Much like grapefruit juice, CBD can occupy a certain enzyme that could increase the amounts of certain drugs that pass into your bloodstream.
If you have liver complications, proceed with caution. During some clinical trials involving high doses of CBD, researchers found that patients were likely to have elevated liver enzymes. If you have liver disease or some other complication, it’s best to use CBD under the care of a doctor who can check on your liver enzyme levels.
If you have low blood pressure, make sure you’re monitoring your blood pressure while trying CBD. Some studies show that CBD could lower your blood pressure, which might cause complications if you have hypotension.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s probably best to leave CBD alone for now. Research shows that cannabinoids like CBD can pass through the placental barrier. We don’t know much about how CBD can affect a developing baby, so it’s probably safest to minimize your exposure.
If you want to replace your current medication with CBD, consult a doctor first. We’ve heard from countless users who were able to substitute their prescriptions with CBD, but we only recommend doing this with approval from a medical professional.
Here’s How CBD Oil Makes You Feel
Before I go any further, I should start by saying that before Cornbread Hemp hired me to be a blog writer, I had never tried CBD. So, naturally, over the course of my first month of employment, I got to try quite a bit. When I first heard about CBD, I was curious to know how it would really affect me. To find the truth, I documented my CBD usage every single day for a full month.
Although I was skeptical at first, I was blown away by the amazing effects of CBD by the end of my 30-day trial.
When I began taking CBD, I really didn’t notice much. I was honestly a bit let down, as I was expecting CBD to change my life.
As the days and weeks went on, though, I began to notice what I no longer noticed.
I no longer noticed the stresses of daily events hanging on my shoulders. I no longer noticed the nagging thoughts of having to deal with the following work week or the impending Monday morning meeting. Instead, I was calm, focused, and ready for whatever would come my way.
Obviously, this is just a personal account: your mileage may vary. Everyone’s body is different and therefore everyone’s experience with CBD will differ.
Knowing what I knew about CBD and its known effects on the body, I felt comfortable with using Cornbread Hemp’s USDA certified organic CBD oil, and you should feel comfortable too! The USDA organic seal is a symbol of trust to consumers all across the country, and only the best CBD companies will put in the work that it takes to obtain it.
With all of that in mind, the question how does CBD oil make you feel clearly depends on a few variables. First, the quality and source of the CBD. Second, the dosage and the delivery method of which you are ingesting the CBD. And third, you should be aware that some CBD oils can cause side effects, especially if you are taking other medication!
Make sure to talk to your doctor before starting on any CBD products, but when you do, make sure to let him or her know that Cornbread Hemp products are USDA certified organic, and are held to the highest quality standards in the industry. If you’re going to use CBD, make sure to take Cornbread Hemp.